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Creepy spider webs

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Alpena resident Roxy Prieur, 12, uses fake spider webs to decorate her front yard for Halloween Wednesday.

Sunday is moving day for TBTA

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ALPENA — Thunder Bay Transportation Authority services, including Dial-a-Ride and the electric/diesel trolleys, will shut down Sunday for one day according to officials. Operations Manager Andrew Sundin said that the shutdown of services will be so that personnel can facilitate the move ...

Commissioners prepare for big hit in child care costs

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners is bracing for what potentially could be a large hit to its child care budget for the balance of this year and next. During Wednesday’s finance committee meeting 26th Circuit Court Juvenile Division Financial Officer Janelle Packer told ...

ACC enrollment numbers climbed this fall

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ALPENA — Dual enrollment was cited as the main reason enrollment climbed at Alpena Community College this fall. “The semester began four weeks ago. The text here lays it out. We’re up considerably in head count. A lot of that has to do with our dual enrollment work we’re up 4.7 ...

Thunder Bay Folk Festival begins Friday

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ALPENA — There will be three days of music and fun during the Fourth Annual Thunder Bay Folk festival this weekend in Alpena. There will be as many as 30 bands, music and art workshops, as well as vendors and arts and crafts. Thunder Bay Folk Society President Bonnie Bartz said this ...

Tree removal spurs more debate

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ROGERS CITY — The debate about tree removal was again heated during the Rogers City Council meeting, Tuesday. This time the trees discussed are located at North Shore Park. Owner of Up North 23 Restaurant and Lounge (formally Water’s Edge) Jesse Streich requested four trees to be ...

Senior expo

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Alpena News Advertising Consultant Ryan Sanders talks with Hospice of the Sunrise Shore during the 2017 Senior Expo on Wednesday.

Atlanta Elk Festival begins Friday

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ATLANTA — Atlanta, the elk capital of Michigan, is hosting the 33rd Annual Elk Festival Friday through Sunday. This year’s Elk Festival is dedicated to Kevin Carigon, who was a part of the chamber for many years. The festival starts on Friday at 5 p.m. with the elk fest parade. The ...

Board seeks to expand veteran office hours

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HARRISVILLE — Alcona County officials will examine what resources it would take to expand the office hours at the Alcona County Veterans Affairs office. Veteran’s Service Officer Tony Atkinson discussed the need for expanded services Wednesday during an Alcona County Board of ...

Mentoring the younger

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Harrisville — Gail Gombos noticed the bonds form between her first grade students and Alcona High School students Tuesday. The high schoolers took their time to gently encourage, assist and — when needed — re-direct the younger kids. “The opportunity here is just like anything ...

South Bay progressing toward 45th Parallel park

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ALPENA — South Bay may have found the location for a park near 45th Parallel in Alpena. According to President Larry Clark there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, before a park could become a reality. The members of South Bay have been interested in creating a park close to ...

RC council approves abatement

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ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Council approved a tax exemption for the Calcite plant owned by Carmeuse Lime and Stone. The Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption was approved with a unanimous vote from the board at the regular meeting, Tuesday. “In essence the state has not agreed to ...

Zonta Club

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora proclaimed October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the city. He presented the proclamation to members of the Alpena Zonta Club which host a cancer walk/5K on Oct. 7.

Local stores to offer crafting, discounts for Girl Scouts

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The nation’s leading fabric and craft retailer has teamed up with the iconic leadership development organization to inspire the next generation of female leaders. Girl Scout troops, volunteers, families and interested members will join in stores across the nation to kick off the fall 2017 ...

Ossineke Chamber to host ‘Touch a Truck’ event

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SANBORN TWP. — It has been many years since the Sanborn Fire Department has hosted an open house. On Sunday the tradition will resume, as it and the Ossineke Chamber of Commerce will host the Touch a Truck & Enjoy a Float with a Firefighter event. Fire Chief Dale Hart Jr. said having ...

Model T’s

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg There were eight Model T Fords from the 1930s at the Big Bear Lodge in Alpena on Tuesday. A group of 10 people are currently on a nine-day tour driving the Model T Fords. Their tour started in Indiana and they are driving their way through Michigan before heading ...

Hot Jobs Project highlights opportunities for employment

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ALPENA — The skilled worker shortage in northern Michigan is being addressed through a “Hot Jobs” funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) on behalf of Northeast Michigan Region 3: Collaborative Development ...

Hillman Village Council working to fix WiFi issues at Emerick Park

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HILLMAN – The Hillman Village Council met with Allband Communications about the problems that Emerick Park is having with getting WiFi in the park. The council sent a letter to Allband Communications about the issues of people not getting WiFi in certain areas of the park. The council ...

Amazing view

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Courtesy Photo by Scott King A drone grabbed this aerial view of the Thunder Bay River at the Ninth Street Bridge, looking out over Alpena and into Thunder Bay. The drone was used to shoot the photograph over the weekend as the region enjoyed a sunny and clear autumn day.

City receives award for financial reporting

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ALPENA — The City of Alpena has been awarded a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting for the 23rd consecutive year. The award is given by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report ...